Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
polygala Preferred
Polygala L. Synonym


Name Relationship
Polygala Linnaeus, 1753 Preferred
Polygala brizoides St. -Hil.
Polygala cumulicola Small
Polygala fishiae Parry
Polygala flagellaris Small
Polygala longa Blake
Polygala ramosior (Nash) Small
Polygala pretzii Pennell
Polygala orthotricha Blake
Polygala viridescens Linnaeus
Polygala corallicola Small
Polygala portoricensis (Britt.) Blake
Polygala arenicola Small
Polygala reducta Blake
Polygala miamiensis Small ex Blake
Polygala aboriginum Small
Polygala racemosa Blake
Polygala minutifolia auct. non Rose
Polygala harperi Small
Polygala tweedyi Britt. ex Wheelock
Polygala praetervisa Chod.
Polygala northropiana R. N. Banerjee


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